Summer Scamper FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions below. Do you still have a question that needs answered? Use our Contact Form and the team will get back to you.

How do I register?down arrow

Register online here. In-person registration will also be available day-of the event but we encourage registration ahead of time.

When does registration close?down arrow

Online registration will stay open up until the event. You can also register in-person the day of the event when packet pickup opens.

Where can I find race results?down arrow

The Summer Scamper is an officially timed event. Link to each year’s results will be posted on the Scamper website after the event.

What is Canal Summer Fest?down arrow

Canal Summer Fest is a FREE family-friendly festival to celebrate the start of summer. It is also the celebration for folks who complete the Summer Scamper, 5K for All. The festival is held in the field at Bible Park north of the playground and south of Yale St. The festival is free to attend and open to the entire community including 5K spectators, family and friends. The festival will feature live music, food and drinks, and family-friendly activities. There will also be booths from partners and businesses throughout the metro area with activities, offers and products. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music while soaking in the summer evening!

Are dogs and strollers allowed?down arrow

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are allowed in the 5K and at Canal Summer Fest. If you are participating in the 5K with a dog we ask that you start in the back of the pack and respect other runners throughout the course. As a reminder, dogs must be kept on a 6ft or shorter leash on the High Line Canal trail. Dogs must also remain leashed in Bible Park. Leashes need to be held by a person. All pet-owners are responsible for picking up their pet’s waste and immediately disposing of it in a trash receptacle.

Strollers are allowed in the 5K and at the Canal Summer Fest. If participating in the 5K we ask that you start toward the back of the pack and be mindful of other participants, ensuring they have room to pass.

Are bikes allowed on the 5K course?down arrow

No. Bikes should remain off the 5K course during the event.

Can I walk?down arrow

Yes! Walkers are encouraged to join. Please start behind runners. The event will close at 8 p.m. so all participants need to finish before then. If you have concerns finishing by then please contact race organizers at

I am an athlete with a disability, can I still participate?down arrow

  • We strive to provide athletes of all abilities a great race experience.
  • Services offered at the Summer Solstice Festival:
    • Accessible parking (first come, first serve)
    • Accessible restrooms
    • Advance start opportunity, please proceed to the front of the start corral at 6:20 p.m. if advance start is desired

Is there an age requirement?down arrow

The Summer Scamper 5K is open to all ages. The free 200m Kids Ditch Dash is open to racers 8 years and younger.

Can I transfer my entry to someone else?down arrow

  • Yes. You may transfer your registration free of charge at any time, although we encourage transfers to occur prior to race day. Please email to make your changes.
  • Note: shirt sizes are only guaranteed if we are informed by June 1. We will do our best to accommodate a change in sizes.

If I register and something comes up so that I can’t attend, can I get a refund?down arrow

The Summer Scamper does not offer refunds. You can transfer your registration free of charge.

Will bag check be available?down arrow

There is no bag check.

Will there be aid on the course?down arrow

We will have a water station at Mile 1 on the course that can be accessed on the way out to the turn around and on the way back from the turn around.

There will be CPR and AED trained staff along the course, and an additional mobile EMT with ALS (Advance Life Saving Skills) will be at the event.

Where should I park?down arrow

Parking information will be provided closer to the event. There is parking at Bible Park, along Yale and in surrounding neighborhoods.

What size shirt do I need?down arrow

Your lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking tech race shirt will be a great additional to your active-ware wardrobe. Please note all sizes are unisex. To find the right size for you check out the sizing guide for adults here and children here

Can I create or join a team?down arrow

Yes! For example, you can create or join a team with your friends, family, coworkers, running or walking group, school or neighborhood association. During registration, you will have the option to create or join a team. Team captains can see your name and email address, and may choose to send messages to the team. Anyone can make a donation to your team, and you may choose to add a fundraising goal. Funds raised will support the High Line Canal Conservancy.

Online Registration Is Now Open!